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IBM Storwize V5000

Designed to drive innovation and greater flexibility
with a hybrid storage solution

The enterprise data storage marketplace is changing at a rapid pace.

Highlights Organizations of all sizes are experiencing new business and IT opera-
tional challenges. Businesses now need greater data collaboration, agility
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Customize your storage system with and cost efficiency to stay ahead of the competition. Today, data is more
flexible software and hardware options
important than ever for making highly informed decisions in real time.
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Boost performance with next-generation Security teams need data to recognize and prevent fraud before it
IBM® Storwize® V5000 happens. Call centers need data to help accelerate customer service.
Store up to five times more data on your
●● ● ● Most important, top executives need data to develop strategic insights
existing storage with IBM compression for battling the competition.

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Consolidate and provide Storwize With the rise of new applications that demand the integration of big-data
V5000 capabilities to existing storage analytics, mobility and social platforms, organizations require additional
infrastructures using optional external
storage capacity, performance, advanced functionality and flexibility.
IT must deliver more services faster and more efficiently, enable real-time
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Implement configurations for high insight and support more customer interaction. The right infrastructure
availability and data mobility
allows clients to share information, secure transactions and drive real-
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Simplify management with an industry- time insights.
leading graphical user interface

To enter the new era of business, organizations need robust storage

solutions such as IBM Storwize V5000 to provide a comprehensive set of
tools that enable unified virtualization, extraordinary scale and simplified
management—all designed to support key business initiatives. Three new
Storwize V5000 models—IBM Storwize V5030, IBM Storwize V5020
and IBM Storwize V5010—provide the flexibility to start small and keep
growing while leveraging existing storage investments.
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Utilizing IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software at its core,

Storwize V5000 is a hybrid storage solution that provides
improved performance, virtualization capabilities and greater
f lexibility. It includes built-in functions such as IBM Real-time
Compression™ and IBM Easy Tier® technology to deliver
extraordinary levels of efficiency and high performance.
Storwize solutions achieve up to 5:1 data compression ratios,
require 47 percent less storage administration, and can provide
up to three times more performance with only five percent
f lash storage.1 Available in three new models, Storwize V5000
delivers enterprise capabilities at entry-level pricing to help
handle business-critical applications while controlling costs for Virtualize external storage
growing organizations. Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, Storwize V5000
enables applications to run without disruption, even when
changes are made to the storage infrastructure.
Multiply your possibilities. New Storwize
V5000 models provide the flexibility to Available in the larger model, Storwize V5030 also extends data
virtualization to other storage systems. When virtualized, data
start small and keep growing, while in a storage system becomes part of the Storwize solution, and
leveraging existing storage investments. it can be managed in the same way as internal drives. Data in
external systems inherits all the Storwize functional richness
IBM Storwize also helps organizations achieve better data and ease-of-use features, including advanced replication,
economics to support the traditional and new mobile, social high-performance thin provisioning, encryption, Real-time
and analytics workloads that are critical for success. The shift to Compression and Easy Tier.
cloud computing requires a fundamental shift in how organiza-
tions consume and support IT. Virtualizing external storage helps improve administrator
productivity and boosts storage utilization while also enhancing
Storwize V5000 is intended to deliver more of what you and extending the value of existing storage investments.
need from storage with greater flexibility—while using fewer
resources. Using innovative IBM technology, a single Storwize IBM Spectrum Virtualize software in the three Storwize V5000
V5000 system can scale up to 504 drives per system (and up to models provides advanced storage functions that enable
1,008 drives with two-way clustered systems), or can store up to VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) and support the
2 PB per system (and 4 PB with two-way clustered systems). latest capabilities in key operating environments including
Microsoft ODX and VMware vSphere v6.
Encompassing Storwize family functions
Storwize V5000 leverages proven Storwize family functions,
management and interoperability features.

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Transform the economics of data with Real-time Storwize V5000 offers an optional IBM FlashCopy® function
Compression designed to create an almost-instant copy of active data, which
Real-time Compression in Storwize V5030 is designed to can be used for backup purposes or for parallel-processing
enable storing up to five times as much data in the same activities.
physical disk space by compressing data as much as 80 percent.2
Unlike other approaches to compression, Real-time Should a catastrophic event occur at a data center, Storwize
Compression is designed to be used with active primary V5000 supports remote mirroring to create copies of data for
data such as production databases and email systems, which use at a second location. Metro Mirror supports synchronous
dramatically expands the range of candidate data that can replication at distances up to 300 km (186 miles), whereas
benefit from compression. Real-time Compression operates Global Mirror supports asynchronous replication at distances
immediately as data is written to disk, meaning that no space up to 8,000 km (4,970 miles). Replication can occur between
is wasted storing uncompressed data awaiting post-processing. any Storwize family offerings, and can include any supported
When combined with external data virtualization, Real-time virtualized storage. With IP networking, Storwize V5000 sup-
Compression can significantly enhance the usable capacity of ports 1 GbE and 10 GbE connections, and uses innovative
existing storage systems, extending their useful life even further. Bridgeworks SANrockIT technology to optimize the use of
network bandwidth. As a result, the networking infrastructure
Enhance storage access with Easy Tier may require lower speeds (and thus, lower costs), or users may
Easy Tier provides automatic migration of frequently accessed be able to improve the accuracy of remote data through shorter
data to high-performing f lash storage, enhancing usage replication cycles.
efficiencies. Operating at a fine-grained granularity, the optional
Easy Tier function automatically repositions different data types In addition, the IBM HyperSwap® function enables a single
to the appropriate class of drives based on input/output (I/O) Storwize V5030 system to support servers in two data centers.
patterns and drive characteristics, requiring no administrative In this configuration, the solution enables servers at both data
interaction. Using Easy Tier, you can increase performance up centers to access data concurrently. When combined with
to three times using only five percent flash storage.2 server data mobility functions such as VMware vMotion or
IBM PowerVM® Live Partition Mobility, this configuration
Protect your most valuable asset—your data
enables nondisruptive storage and virtual machine mobility
To help protect sensitive data from unauthorized users,
between the two data centers.
Storwize V5030 and Storwize V5020 give IT teams the full
power of storage encryption. In addition to placing encryption
Storwize V5000 also helps improve data availability with its
inside hardware arrays—which protects only against a subset of
support for Distributed RAID. The system allows data to be
data security risks—IBM Spectrum Virtualize software includes
distributed across a large number of physical drives that are
encryption capabilities in its management layer. This enables
used simultaneously, achieving faster rebuild time. What’s more,
organizations to add encryption across their existing heteroge-
Distributed RAID can also deliver increased performance since
neous storage arrays, while leveraging a single point of control
data can be read from/written to more drives for a given I/O.
for encryption throughout the storage layer.

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Avoid disruptions with dynamic migration Take advantage of additional features

Moving data is one of the most common causes of planned In addition, Storwize V5000 includes:
downtime. Storwize V5000 includes a dynamic data migration
function that is designed to move data from existing storage ●● ●
Innovative management capabilities, to ease storage
into a new system or between arrays in a Storwize V5000 sys- management
tem, while maintaining user access to data. The data migration ●● ●
Dual clustering for Storwize V5030, to enable growth from
function might be used, for example, when replacing older smaller configurations
storage with newer storage, as part of load-balancing work or ●● ●
Support for OpenStack Cinder driver, which helps automate
when moving data in a tiered storage infrastructure. storage provisioning and volume management for organiza-
tions by combining the efficiency of Storwize V5000 with the
Nondisruptive migration can speed time-to-value from weeks OpenStack compute cloud platform
or months to days, minimize downtime for migration, eliminate
the cost of add-on migration tools, and may help avoid penal- Leveraging proven independent software vendor
ties and additional maintenance charges for lease extensions. solutions
The result can be real cost savings to your business. IBM is committed to continuous improvement and smooth
application integration to optimize business results and mini-
mize time-to-value. Our commitment is evident through our
ongoing work and enduring partnerships with independent
software vendors (ISVs) such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP,
Symantec and VMware.

IBM Storwize V5000 at a glance

Software IBM Spectrum Virtualize software IBM Spectrum Virtualize software IBM Spectrum Virtualize software
for Storwize V5030 for Storwize V5020 for Storwize V5010

User interface Web-based graphical user Web-based

­ GUI Web-based
interface (GUI)

Single or dual controller Dual Dual Dual

Connectivity (standard) 10 Gb iSCSI 12 Gb SAS 1 Gb iSCSI

1 Gb iSCSI 1 Gb iSCSI

Connectivity (optional) 16 Gb Fibre Channel 16 Gb Fibre Channel 16 Gb Fibre Channel

12 Gb SAS 12 Gb SAS 12 Gb SAS
10 Gb iSCSI / Fibre Channel over 10 Gb iSCSI / FCoE 10 Gb iSCSI / FCoE
Ethernet (FCoE) 1 Gb iSCSI 1 Gb iSCSI
1 Gb iSCSI

Cache (per system) 32 GB or 64 GB 16 GB or 32 GB 16 GB

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IBM Storwize V5000 at a glance

Drives supported Small form-factor 2.5-inch disk Small form-factor 2.5-inch disk Small form-factor 2.5-inch disk
drives: drives: drives:
300 GB, 600 GB @ 15k rpm ●●
300 GB, 600 GB @ 15k rpm ●●
300 GB, 600 GB @ 15k rpm
900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB @ 10k rpm ●●
900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB @ 10k rpm ●●
900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB @ 10k rpm
1 TB,* 2 TB @ 7.2k rpm SAS ●●
1 TB,* 2 TB @ 7.2k rpm SAS ●●
1 TB,* 2 TB @ 7.2k rpm SAS
nearline nearline nearline
Large form-factor 3.5-inch disk Large form-factor 3.5-inch disk Large form-factor 3.5-inch disk
drives: drives: drives:
300 GB, 600 GB @ 15k rpm, ●●
300 GB, 600 GB @ 15k rpm, ●●
300 GB, 600 GB @ 15k rpm,
SAS (2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch SAS (2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch SAS (2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch
drive carrier) drive carrier) drive carrier)
900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB @ ●●
900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB @ ●●
900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB @
10k rpm, SAS (2.5-inch drive in a 10k rpm, SAS (2.5-inch drive in a 10k rpm, SAS (2.5-inch drive in a
3.5-inch drive carrier) 3.5-inch drive carrier) 3.5-inch drive carrier)
2 TB,* 3 TB,* 4 TB, 6 TB, ●●
2 TB,* 3 TB,* 4 TB, 6 TB, ●●
2 TB,* 3 TB,* 4 TB, 6 TB,
8 TB @ 7.2k rpm 8 TB @ 7.2k rpm 8 TB @ 7.2k rpm
Solid-state drive (SSD) 2.5-inch SSD 2.5-inch drives: SSD 2.5-inch drives:
drives: ●●
200 GB,* 400 GB, 800 GB, ●●
200 GB,* 400 GB, 800 GB,
200 GB,* 400 GB, 800 GB, 1.6 TB, 3.2 TB 1.6 TB, 3.2 TB
1.6 TB, 3.2 TB

Maximum drives supported Maximum of 504 drives per system Maximum of 264 drives per system Maximum of 264 drives per system
with 20 expansion enclosures and with 10 expansion enclosures: with 10 expansion enclosures:
1,008 drives in two-way clustered: ●●
Small form-factor enclosure: ●●
Small form-factor enclosure:
Small form-factor enclosure: 24 x 2.5-inch drives 24 x 2.5-inch drives
24 x 2.5-inch drives ●●
Large form-factor enclosure: ●●
Large form-factor enclosure:
Large form-factor enclosure: 12 x 3.5-inch drives 12 x 3.5-inch drives
12 x 3.5-inch drives

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Why IBM?
The Storwize family of products from IBM, a recognized leader
in the storage industry, is known for providing efficiency and
high-performance storage for almost any type of workload.
IBM storage offerings customized for small, midsized and large
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Actual available storage capacity may be reported for both uncompressed

and compressed data and will vary and may be less than stated.
* Available only in Storwize V5000 generation 1.
1 IBM lab measurements – April 2012.
2 IBM lab measurements –August 2010.

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